SC Supreme Court suspends councilman's law license

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a city councilman who has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

The justices on Tuesday also assigned attorney Matthew Richardson to look over Columbia City Councilman E.W. Cromartie II's law practice to make sure his clients are protected, despite his objections by Cromartie.

In a plea agreement reached last week, Cromartie admitted he failed to pay more than $25,000 in federal income taxes in 2004.

The agreement also called for him to resign from public office and surrender his law license. Cromartie attended a city meeting on homeless issues on Tuesday and said it would be his last event as a councilman.

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